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Queen's University


It is up to the importing department to ensure that a import permit is not required. If the goods that are importing require an Import Permit, you must contact the appropriate agency listed below. Each web site contains information regarding permits as well as Import Permit Application forms that can be downloaded. Import Permits may take 2-4 weeks to process.
If you will be importing biological material ( including infectious organisms, tissues known to contain infectious organisms or plants) or other material that might contain organisms to Canada ( e.g. soil, bird feathers), read the Queens Department of Enviromental Health and Safety SOP- Biosafety-02 "Import and Export of Biological Material" on the website and contact Queen's University Biosafety Officer.
It is the responsibility of the importing department or individual to ensure that any required Import Permit has been obtained prior to importation.
The permit must be in the hands of the shipper prior to the goods being shipped to the University. Failure to have proper authorization prior to import may result in the seizure and confiscation of materials by the governing agencies. Goods requiring an Import Permit will not be allowed into Canada unless accompanied by the permit. There are no exceptions. Regulated goods arriving at the border without a valid permit will be detained until such time that a valid permit is presented to Canada Customs.
Failure to produce a permit will result in the goods either perishing or returning to the supplier. The cost of the return shipment will be borne to the importer.
To receive shipments of dangerous goods as defined under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods legislation, you must have TDG certification issued by Queen's within the last two years. For TDG training see under "training".
Health Canada
Tel: 613 957 1779
Fax: 613 941 0596
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Tel: 613 442 2342
Fax: 613 228 6129
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
Tel: 800 668 6767
Fax: 819 953 6283
Canada Border Service Agency
Tel: 800 461 9999



Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000